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Organ Studies

Bachelor of Music – Organ Performance


The BM in organ performance is a four-year, 132-unit program consisting of course work in the major (individual instruction and functional skills), core music studies (theory, aural skills, music history, conducting, large ensemble) and USC’s general education and writing program. A senior recital is required.

Sample Summary of Program of Study

Lessons (16 units)

MPKS 153-453 Individual Instruction Organ (lessons) (eight 2-unit courses)

Music Ensembles (6 units)

MUEN 3 Large Ensemble Electives (four 1-unit course)
MUEN 3 Ensemble Electives (two 1-unit course)

Program Intensive Courses (8 units)

MPKS 160ab Functional Skills for Keyboard Majors I (two 2-unit courses)
MPKS 260ab Functional Skills for Keyboard Majors II (two 2-unit courses)

Core Thornton Academic Courses (38 units)

MUHL 231-332 Music History and Literature (four 3-unit courses)
MUCO 132ab-232ab Aural Skills (four 2-unit courses)
MUCO 133ab-233ab Music Theory (four 3-unit courses)
MUCO 338 Elementary Orchestration (2 units)
MUCD 340 Choral Conducting I (2 units)
MUCD 343 Instrumental Conducting I (2 units)

General Education (32 units)

GE Cat. I-VI One course from each of six categories (six 4-unit courses)
WRIT 130/340 Writing (two 4-unit courses)

Electives (32 units)

Music courses (21 units)
Music or non-music courses (11 units)

Capstone Projects

Senior Recital

All curricular requirements are evaluated on an annual basis and are subject to change. Students follow the curricular requirements as published in the USC Catalogue for their year of matriculation. A typical undergraduate credit load is 16-18 units per semester.